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Professor

Office

Pratt Hall, Room 207

Phone

724-357-2729

E-mail

sal@iup.edu

Education

PhD, Language Communications (major), Adult Education (minor),  University of Pittsburgh 

MEd, Reading Education, Texas Southern University

Current Projects

Coordinator and Supervisor for the Center for Learning Enhancement's Academic Peer Assistance Program that includes Supplemental Instruction (SI), Walk-In Peer Tutoring, and academic success workshops.

Areas of Expertise

How students learn; learning strategies for college-level coursework; training of academic tutors and peer educators; assessment of academic support programs.

Recent Publications

Textbooks

Chapters

  • A Credit-Bearing Course for Training SI Leaders. In Stone, M. E. & Jacobs, G. (2006) Supplemental Instruction: New Visions for Empowering Student Learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. No. 106. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Articles

  • Effects of Work Experiences for Academic Peer Educators. Synergy, 6, May 2013. http://www.myatp.org/resources/journal/synergy-volume-6/
  • Cross-Disciplinary Training of Undergraduate Tutors. 2011 Conference Proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Recent Presentations

International

  • Cross-Disciplinary Training of Undergraduate Tutors. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI, 2007.
  • Effects of Work Experiences on Undergraduate Peer Educators. (w/ A. Hamer) 4th International Conference on Research in Access and Developmental Education. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2008.
  • Outcomes Assessment for Peer Assistance Programs. International Conference on The First-Year Experience. Kona, Hawaii, 2007.

National

  • How Technology is Revolutionizing College Reading (w/ A. Hamer). College Reading & Learning Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA, 2013.
  • Facilitated discussion, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (w/ A. Hamer). National Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference. Denver, CO, 2013.
  • Best Practices for Training Tutors and Peer Educators (w/ A. Hamer). Pre-Conference Institute. College Reading & Learning Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, 2011.
  • Training Tutors, SI Leaders, & Peer Educators (w/ A. Hamer). Pre-Conference Institute. National Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., 2011.
  • Peer Assistance: Assessing Outcomes for Peer Leaders. National Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference. Columbus, OH, 2010.
  • Effects of Training and Work Experiences on College Peer Tutors. The Association for the Tutoring Profession. Albuquerque, NM, 2009.
  • Assessing Peer Educators’ Work Experiences. College Reading and Learning Association Annual Conference. Cleveland, OH, 2008.
  • Peer Assistance: Piecing Together Issues and Practices. Roundtable colloquium. National Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference. Nashville, TN, 2007.
  • Developing Tutoring Programs that Promote Learning. National College Learning Center Association Conference. Harrisburg, PA, 2006.
  • Transforming Learning Theory into Practical Learning Strategies. Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference. West Palm Beach, FL, 2006.

Professional Awards

  • IUP Sponsored Programs Award for Outstanding Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction for Act 101 Program Faculty & Staff Learning Enhancement Center, 2004. 
  • Outstanding SI Program awarded by Center for Academic Achievement, University of Missouri-Kansas City at the International SI/VSI Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2002.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Tutoring Professional (ATP)
  • College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), Past Chairperson, Learning & Study Skills Special Interest Group.
  • National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), Past Chairperson, Peer-Assisted Learning SPIN (Special Professional Interest Network); Past Chairperson, Supplemental Instruction SPIN.
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.